After getting botox for the first time on my forehead, the area above my eyebrows is swollen. What can I do to fix it? (photo)

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Swelling after Botox

Thank you for your question KaylaStacy. Botox is a purified protein used to address wrinkles associated with facial expression such as the vertical lines between the brows. … SHOW MORESwelling can happen after a Botox treatment. I recommend that my patients apply cold compresses to minimize the swelling. Usually swelling lasts less than 24 hours. Please consult with a doctor for specific recommendations. Good luck!

Encino Physician
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Swelling After Botox


Thank you for question. Some patients experience swelling up to 3 days after treatment. Should this be a concern to you and should the swelling persist, I'd recommend booking a follow-up appointment with your skilled and qualified injector. 

Take care. 

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling after botox

Dear KaylaStacy,

Thank you for your question and picture. Some swelling after Botox injection into the forehead is normal and should start resolving in 2-3 days and be gone in 1-2 weeks. Given that you do not mention how far out you are from the injection it is difficult to render an opinion. However, if this is swelling that is persistent a long time after injection I would suspect a small hematoma which is collection of blood that can occur when a blood vessel is traumatized by an injection needle. These can take several weeks to months to resolve completely as the blood is slowly absorbed by the body over time. 

Best of luck,
Dr. Schoemann

Mark Schoemann, MD
La Jolla Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling After Botox

Swelling can last for 1-2 weeks after any needle injections.  I suggest giving it time to settle.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Swelling after botox

Timing of when you had your botox was not mentioned. If you just had it done, the swelling usually goes down in a few hours but may persist for a day or two.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Swollen after Botox


Thanks for the question and photo.  I would say it depends on the timing of your symptoms.  If it was the day of or the day after then I would suggest some cold compresses to help with the swelling.  Later than that I would see your injector.  You could have had some bleeding and developed a collection of blood called a hematoma that is causing the swelling.  

Good Luck

Brian Arslanian, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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After getting botox for the first time on my forehead, the area above my eyebrows is swollen. What can I do to fix it?

Thank you for your question and photograph.  I would recommend you try a cold compress or ice to the area to help resolve the swelling.  Normally this will resolve within a day or two of treatment.  Hope this helps. 

Nelson Castillo, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Forehead swelling

Depending on when the injection was made, either ice for the first 48 hrs or warm compresses afterwards 2-3x's/d for 15 min/ application with gentle massage should clear it. If you don't see a change in 1 wk, see your MD

Robert J. Smyth, MD
Cincinnati Facial Plastic Surgeon
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After getting botox for the first time on my forehead, the area above my eyebrows is swollen. What can I do to fix it?

Ice & time will correct this mild swelling event>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling in the forehead after botox injection = consider ice pack therapy #fb #botox #swelling

Swelling at the injection site of Botox is uncommon but it could happen. The trauma of the very small needle used to administer Botox could cause some swelling in patients. Swelling secondary to injection treatment could be improved with the application of ice pack therapy. However, management of post Botox injection swelling should be guided by the patient's primary licensed Botox injector. 

Botox patients with swelling at the injection site should call their licensed botox injectors and ask for advice in management. 

John Mesa, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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